I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1608 a person dressed in ragged clothing ; ragamuffin II. adjective Date: 1614 1. ragged or disreputable in appearance 2. being in a decayed state or condition ; dilapidated

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  • tatterdemalion — n. person in worn and ragged clothing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tatterdemalion — [ˌtatədɪ meɪljən] adjective tattered or dilapidated. noun a person in tattered clothing. Origin C17: from tatters or tattered: ending unexplained …   English new terms dictionary

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